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Space Lightning Over China

While photographing the Perseid meteor shower on August 13, a sky watcher in China captured rare images of a "gigantic jet" leaping out of a thundercloud. The luminous purple and red structure stretched its tentacles almost to the edge of space before vanishing in full view of dozens of onlookers. Visit for photos and more information about this phenomenon.


Beware Green Dot Card Phone Scam

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office warns the public about fraudulent phone calls claiming to represent the Sheriff’s Office. The unsolicited calls are from an individual who falsely claims to be a sworn member of the Sheriff’s Office. The fraudster tells people they must pay penalty fees for failing to appear for jury duty, and instructs them to pay the fees by purchasing a prepaid “green dot card” or be subject to arrest.

The truth is that neither the Sheriff’s Office nor any other law enforcement agency will ever contact you demanding that you pay fees and/or fines and be subject to arrest if you fail to comply. Be vigilant and never provide personal information over the phone, like Social Security numbers and credit card information, unless you initiated the phone call. If you believe you were the victim of this or a similar scam, contact your local law enforcement agency.


Victim's Mother Sues Caltrans & City of Pacifica

Confusing signage and poor design at the Highway 1/Sea Bowl Lane intersection are the basis of a lawsuit brought by the mother of Bruce Ross Bernor, who was killed by wrong-way driver Ana Reepen last July 25. Reepen faces three felony charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. She remains free on $250,000 bail. Her criminal trial began July 18 in San Mateo County Superior Court, Courtroom 2A, Redwood City.



Go to the bottom of the page to download the entire 24-page lawsuit.

Civil Court Cases of Interest in Pacifica

•John Straight vs. City of Pacifica (CIV535685): A settlement was reached with the city July 1. Straight sought monetary damages for injuries claimed from falling into a Hickey Boulevard manhole when its cover gave way. Attorney Gregg Thornton represented the City of Pacifica.

•Vanessa Edmundson vs. City of Pacifica (CIV537576): Click here for the minutes of the May 26 case management conference involving Pacifican Vanessa Edmundson vs. City of Pacifica (CIV537576). Edmundson seeks monetary damages for injuries claimed from tripping over a cement bicycle stand at Pacifica Pier in January 2015.

Alan Wald